Storm victims in the dark

A THUNDERSTORM that lashed the Mid North Coast on Thursday night left more than 10,000 homes without power.

Power interruptions were experienced at Bellingen, Raleigh, Thora and Nana Glen and further south across the Hastings and Macleay.

Essential Energy crews were dispatched to affected areas and continued to work on powerlines at some locations yesterday.

Essential Energy's regional general manager Brian Mclean said it was a busy 24 hours for crews, who yesterday restored power for 2500 remaining customers hit by the blackout at Thora, Darkwood, Clarencetown, Comboyne, Hannam Vale and in the Hastings.

"The strong winds battered the network in places, with tree branches hitting lines and powerlines coming down," Mr Mclean said.

"We understand that these outages were inconvenient and I want to thank our customers for their patience and understanding.

"The damage caused to the network created some challenges for our crews, especially in regards to the removal of trees - but we arranged for extra crews from south of the region to assist with the repairs.

"I apologise for the inconvenience caused by the outages - if customers have any ongoing power concerns they can call us on 13 20 80."

Across NSW, the State Emergency Service received 40 calls for help overnight due to the wild weather.



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